Lex Fridman Wiki, Net Worth, Bio, YouTube Channel

Lex Fridman.
Courtesy of the Lex Fridman Podcast.

 

Who Is Lex Fridman?

Lex Fridman (pronounced “Freedman” according to Fridman’s website) is a Russian-American computer scientist, an artificial intelligence (AI) researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the host of the Lex Fridman Podcast. In the field of AI, Fridman’s efforts are focused on autonomous vehicles and human-robot interaction.

 

Lex Fridman Wikipedia-Style Bio And Background

Lex Fridman was born in Russia and immigrated to America in 1994.

Fridman’s background was somewhat covered in a Lex Fridman Podcast episode with his father, Dr. Alexander Fridman.

According to the website of Drexel University, Fridman’s father is the John A. Nyheim Chair Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics at Drexel’s College of Engineering, as well as the director of the Drexel Plasma Institute. Fridman’s brother, Dr. Gregory Fridman, is an assistant research professor in Drexel’s School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems.

Lex Fridman earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Computer Science from Drexel University, according to his profile on ResearchGate. Fridman’s LinkedIn profile specifies that he received his PhD in Computer Science in 2014.

Drexel University writes that at CoE, Fridman worked on an active authentication project funded by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). This project was centered around the uses of AI in the determination of the identity of an individual based on behavioral patterns, e.g. how they use their phone, dial a number, or manipulate a keypad.

This research formed the basis of Fridman’s PhD thesis.

Between 2014 and 2015, Fridman worked as a machine learning researcher at Google. At Google, Fridman continued working on AI-based authentication algorithms.

In 2015, Fridman was offered the position of AI Researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which he “took without looking back”, Drexel University writes. Fridman commented on his decision to leave Google as follows:

I like the chaos of research and the academic environment. My values are really about doing the best, coming up with the coolest, most interesting ideas you can. For me, the academic environment works best, where friends and colleagues around me can kind of create that kind of atmosphere.

Fridman considers his years at Drexel the most rewarding in his life. As advice to undergraduates, he said:

Don’t see your undergraduate work as a stepping stone to a career, or even the next step. See it as one of the best times in your life to grow, to learn, to ask fascinating questions, to explore the mysteries of the universe. If you see it that way, the place you end up is going to be the place you want to be.

As an AI researcher, Fridman has authored and co-authored a range of scientific papers. His research primarily focuses on autonomous driving through deep learning. Among other things, papers authored and co-authored by Fridman have assessed human interaction with autonomous vehicles, investigated the correspondence between driver head position and glance location, and analyzed the dynamics of pedestrian crossing decisions based on vehicle trajectories.

Fridman’s papers are available at Google Scholar and ResearchGate.

Between 2017 and 2020, Fridman has given a number of lectures at MIT. The lectures covered deep learning, deep reinforcement learning, and autonomous vehicles.

Aside from academic research, Fridman practices Brazilian jiu-jitsu and judo, according to his website. In November 2018, Fridman received a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu after 9 years of training and competition.

He also plays the guitar and piano.

 

The Lex Fridman Podcast

In the online space, Lex Fridman is perhaps most famous for his podcast, titled the Lex Fridman Podcast. Fridman’s podcast episodes are available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and YouTube.

As of early July 2021, Fridman’s YouTube channel had over 1.1 million subscribers and over 100 million total video views.

Fridman also has a secondary YouTube channel called Lex Clips where he features highlights from his podcast episodes.

The Lex Fridman Podcast has featured prominent figures from science, finance, and technology. Among many other people, he has interviewed Tesla CEO and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, former evolutionary biologist and activist Bret Weinstein and his brother Eric Weinstein, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin, Cardano co-founder Charles Hoskinson, Chainlink co-creator Sergey Nazarov, financial researcher and journalist Nic Carter, DeFi entrepreneur and investor Anthony “Pomp” Pompliano, and Yeonmi Park – a human rights activist from North Korea.

 

Lex Fridman Net Worth

Unconfirmed estimates place Lex Fridman’s net worth between $1.2 to $1.5 million, but these could be wildly innacurate.

As of early July 2021, Social Blade estimated that Fridman’s YouTube channel was generating up to about $28,500 per month and up to about $342,200 annually. The estimates were based on a CPM (cost per mille) of $0.25-$4.00.

Fridman's YouTube earnings according to Social Blade.
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Fridman has a Patreon page where his viewers may purchase subscriptions to support him financially. Membership costs range from $3.14 to $420 per month. As of early July 2021, Fridman had approximately 1,000 subscribers on Patreon.

 

Online Presence And Publicity

Lex Fridman has profiles on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, and Medium. His scientific publications may be found on Google Scholar and ResearchGate.

Fridman himself has been interviewed by stand-up comedian, actress, and podcaster Whitney Cummings and by podcaster and comedian Joe Rogan.

 

 

 

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